First of all, I’ve read T.L’s Hines work before. My favourite is The Unseen. I fell in love with that book, and therefore, when I saw this book on Booksneeze, I knew that I must snatch it up in a heartbeat.
T.L Hines is well known for his thriller meets mystery genre, and as usual… even the book cover intrigue me. The cover depicts a man running towards a a faraway place is enough to send shivers to my spine. It’s as if something unseen is chasing him.
While T.L Hine’s previous work, the Unseen is about an urban explorer with a queer habit being pulled into a series of unfortunate events, The Falling Away is about Dylan Runs Ahead.
Funny name, eh? Well… the name signify something. Dylan Runs Ahead is the protagonist of this story, and he is always running away from something, one thing after another, and the series of unfortunate events in this story that befalls Dylan never stops.
First, he runs away from the place where he grew up cuz he felt responsible for his sister’s disappearance. And then, when he was in the army, he ran away from it too, cuz his friend died in an unfortunate bomb explosion.
And now… Dylan is in serious trouble, and he needs to run away again because someone out there wanted him dead.
Dylan’s life is always about running away and one day, he meet a strange woman who claims that she’s some sort of an Oracle, and told Dylan that he’s the chosen one. Coincidentally, his friend told him the same thing too.
Sounds familiar? It’s just like Matrix- the well famed science fiction film where the main character Neo is told by the female Oracle and Morpheus in the story that he’s the chosen one.
And like Neo, Dylan doesn’t understand why they’re telling him that he’s the chosen one. He’s nothing special and he’s always on the run. Before Dylan could understand what it really means to be the chosen one, he discovered that he had to stop running away and face whatever that’s making him run away in the first place.
Can Dylan stop running away and hiding from whatever that’s haunting him and threatening him? Can he win the fight against evil? I’m not going to reveal it here. That would be telling and ruin the mystery for you.
Is this book a good read? Yes, it is, but I still prefer The Unseen in comparison to The Falling Away. Do I recommend this? Well, if you like mystery, sci-fi and fast paced stories, this is the book for you. But if you’re the kind who prefers a slower paced story, then this book is not for you.
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5. I thought the cover could do some improvement. Overall, the story is fine.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an advance reading as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.